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John Vogl

John Vogl spent 15 seasons writing about the Sabres for The Buffalo News.


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The goal seemed simple: Talk to NHL scouts, ask for in-depth descriptions of three parts of Rasmus Dahlin's game and relay what makes the defenseman special in those areas. There was a problem. The scouts refused to get tied down to just three parts of Dahlin's game. "He's more or less a complete package," Goran Stubb, director of NHL European Scouting, said by phone…

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One of the most appealing qualities of Rasmus Dahlin is there are no question marks. He's ready for the NHL right now. "I'm not saying he will be a god for the Buffalo Sabres, but he will definitely help them in his first year," Goran Stubb, director of NHL European Scouting, said by phone from Finland. It's nothing new for the No. 1 overall pick to jump right to the…

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As the Buffalo Sabres look toward the future with this week's NHL Scouting Combine, they also have to look back at the 2016 NHL Draft. There is a deadline looming for unsigned prospects. Teams have two years to sign players drafted from Canadian junior leagues, and the contracts must be complete by June 1. The Sabres do not yet have deals with their final four picks fro…

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It doesn't matter which Rasmus Dahlin highlight is picked. It could be a scintillating rush. It could be a pinpoint pass through traffic. It could be a top-shelf shot. Pick any of them – Buffalo Sabres fans will gladly pick them all – and take a look at Dahlin's eyes. His head is up, analyzing the play. He knows the puck is on his tape while he skates. He knows his stic…

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Buffalo is a sports town. It's a Sabres town. It's a Bills town. At its core, however, Buffalo is a people town. The sports teams just strengthen the bond between residents, unite them in fun, laughter and heartbreak. As much as the Sabres need a high-scoring winger, puck-moving defenseman and steady goaltender, they need to regain their elite standing in the communi…

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Evander Kane has a home. The Buffalo Sabres have a first-round pick. The San Jose Sharks signed Kane to a seven-year, $49 million contract Thursday, officially giving a first-round pick to the Sabres as a condition of their February trade. The Sharks said the 2019 pick is lottery protected, so if they miss the playoffs next season, the first-round selection can slide to…

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The Buffalo Sabres have the No. 1 pick in this year's NHL Draft. They're reportedly getting another first-round selection next year. The San Jose Sharks and Evander Kane have agreed to a contract extension, according to Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet. The reporter, who is based in Kane's hometown of Vancouver, says the deal is expected to be in the range of seven years and …

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Sebastian Bradley was a huge fan of the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres became a bigger fan of him. "His love for the team and his love for the organization was awesome," center Jack Eichel said by phone Monday. "He knew all the players. He knew everyone's position, everyone's stats." Bradley, who died of brain cancer at age 10 over the weekend, first met members of the S…

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Jack Eichel knows Rasmus Dahlin should be a huge boost to the Buffalo Sabres. The franchise center is going to wait for it to become official before getting really excited. When it comes to the NHL Draft, Eichel prefers a cautious approach. Everyone knew the Sabres were going to select him at No. 2 overall in 2015, but he spent the lead-up talking in generalities becaus…

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By midseason, it had become a reflex action. A Buffalo Sabres player would get open for a scoring chance, and he'd pass up the shot. Instinctively, I'd look at Phil Housley. The coach would lift his hands in disbelief, turn his back to the play and take a second to gather himself. He'd then say something to the players on the bench. Almost from the moment Housley ret…

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Ryan O'Reilly went to the World Championship because he wanted to feel like a winner again. He delivered a huge victory Thursday. The Buffalo Sabres center scored midway through overtime, lifting Canada to a 5-4 win over Russia during the quarterfinals in Denmark. It was the fourth goal of the tournament for O'Reilly. O'Reilly joined Connor McDavid as the forwards fo…

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It's official. The Buffalo Sabres are adding an award-winning defenseman to the organization. The Sabres confirmed the rumored signing of Sweden's Lawrence Pilut on Tuesday, giving the blue-liner a two-year, entry-level contract. The Sabres had been linked to Pilut since last month, but they had to wait for the 22-year-old to finish his time with the Swedish national te…

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Reviews have been a fact of life in the NHL all season. The league's biggest one is underway in Minnesota. It has nothing to do with goaltender interference. After more than four years of arguments in courtrooms, boardrooms and science labs, the concussion lawsuit brought by retired players against the NHL has finally reached a critical stage. U.S. District Judge Sus…

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Paul Bissonnette, the part-time hockey player who became a full-time social media star, has joined with Barstool Sports to create a five-part documentary. The first episode, released Monday, features the Buffalo Sabres and their recent No. 2 overall draft pick. Titled "BizNasty Does BC," Bissonnette shows British Columbia to viewers along with NHL players. In additio…

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The Supreme Court changed the sporting landscape in the United States on Monday, striking down a federal law that effectively banned sports gambling in most states. While many leagues joined the NCAA in fighting for the ban, Washington Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has come out in favor of the decision. Here is his statement: "Stats have always been the life…